Memory Chapel Funeral Home & Memory Hill Gardens

2200 Skyland Blvd East, Tuscaloosa, AL


Bernice Harper

March 13, 1927September 7, 2019

Bernice Miles Harper was born to Elmer and Reomah Miles on March 13, 1927 in Hale County, Alabama. Bernice Miles met Albert Harper in Hale County where they were joined into marriage on October 22, 1944.

Bernice Harper confessed her faith at a very early age. She joined St. Luke Church in Havana, Alabama. Her family later moved to Taylorville, Alabama where she later joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev S.V. Mosley.

Bernice was a very active member in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was very active in ministry and served as an Usher, the Matrons, as well as assisted with the Red Circle. She was passionate about working with children and worked for several years with the Girl Scouts. Bernice and her husband served with the Girl and Boy Scouts sponsoring multiple trips and activities for youth.

Bernice departed this life on Saturday, September 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Harper as well as eight of her sisters and two brothers. Bernice leaves behind to cherish her memory her God daughter, Kimberly Prince Purvis (Wilbur), two sisters, Gladys Miles McVay and Clara Miles Gray. In addition she leaves a granddaughter, Christina Prince as well as grandsons, Austin Travis Owens and Destin Purvis. Lastly she leaves her beloved dog Paris and a host of nieces and nephews.

Burial will follow in Cedar Oak Memorial Park


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Burial Friday, September 13, 2019


Bernice Harper

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Shelton Stroman

September 13, 2019

My heart is so heavy as I type this to you Mama Bernice, We met so long ago in 1991 as you hugged me so tightly coming in the door of your screen porch. You said " Shelton baby I heard so much about you. I wanted to meet and thank you for being there for my baby". I told you then we look after one another; "and that's just how it should be baby." you said. I knew from that day, that first embrace that we would become family forever and we did. You left and imprint on my life from all our long conversations weather it was by phone or in person. I love and will always cherish what we had and what
we meant to one another. I always told you there's nothing I wouldn't do for you, you would say "I know baby and you know I would do the same for you and Kim . I would give y'all my last dollar (then you would do a little laugh )and say "and I've done that too.. given yall my last dollar". (you we would start laughing all over again.) Lord, I will miss your laugh and smile..
Big Mama you have no more worries, no more pains you can just rest and walk around heaven with dad Albert all day.

Love your other baby (Son)
Shelton Stroman-Inniss

Nicholas Wilson

September 13, 2019

Bernice was kind, considerate and had a gentle spirit. She loved the Lord, Gayle and Chris and loved to talk about them every day. She will be truly missed.

Shelia Smith

September 12, 2019

My condolences to the family

Cecelia Anderson

September 12, 2019

Happy to have met you Big Mama. Rest In Peace now and know that we will continue to take care of your little girl Kimberley P. Purvis.

Saundra Taylor-Brown

September 12, 2019

Ms. Bernice you were loved because you showed love. Thank you so much for always encouraging me and treating me like your own! I know you are happier now and I'm not sad because I know you are at peace. I love you Mrs. Bernice Harper... rest well!

Saundra Taylor Brown

Della Clack

September 11, 2019

I have lots of fun memories of time that Bernice and I spent together. One of the many things that I liked about her was whenever you asked how she was doing, her response would always be “I’m doing very well”. That being said no matter what kind of day I was having, hearing her say that changed everything. I will miss my visits and conversations. -Gone But Not Forgotten!-

Alton Gaston

September 10, 2019

I was her hair stylist, and every moment with her was so special! I miss you Big Mama!

Kimbely Lombard

September 10, 2019

Rest well Big Mama!

Tandy Thornton

September 10, 2019

To have met
Big mama was and still a blessing to me to meet someone with the willpower that she had was amazing to me and encourage me to keep moving and that all is possible if you believe something that will never leave me is hearing her say( come on Bernice) she spoke to her body to line up with her mind. I'm telling you the only thing I regret is not knowing her prior to meeting her .but I trust that I meet her when I was supposed to.. Love you Big mama. Until we meet again!

Kimberly Purvis

September 10, 2019

My Big Mama and I share a relationship that is one of life's miracles. We are so blessed to have had each other. She took care of me when I couldn't care for myself and I was blessed to care for her when she couldn't. There is nothing greater than LOVE and I thank God for her long life & love.

One of my favorite memories was to show her how to take selfies and use social media. In this photo we were taking a selfie/ussie. :-)